Our city will be again partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use a portion of the trees at Rend Lake as fish congregators. Donated trees will be bundled together and sunk in Rend Lake to create underwater fish structures. The structures serve a variety of purposes, according to George Bryant, Mt. Vernon Parks and Public Facilities Director, such as providing feeding areas for fish of all sizes, providing areas of refuge for small fish and are fishing areas for anglers.
“This is a great opportunity for the city to coordinate with Midwest Waste and the Corps of Engineers as we continue to support recycling our natural resources,” Bryant stated.
Christmas trees left at the drop off sites and not used by Rend Lake will be mulched by the City Public Works Department.
We did have one small farmer that was selling trees that could be planted after the holidays. But this is another good step in the right direction for our community. I'm so glad to see programs like this taking place here in my town.